NWCUA’s Vu to Help Promote Financial Education in Washington Classrooms

Kim Vu, executive director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation and the NWCUA’s vice president for community investment and social impact, has been appointed to the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Inslee also appointed Dennis Gisi, chief executive officer for Bank Reale in Pasco, to the FEPPP, which promotes financial education in grades K–12 by providing professional development and instructional tools for teachers so that they can teach personal finance in their classrooms.

The appointments, announced this week, were effective Dec. 23.

“Both Dennis and Kim bring a passion and strong financial background to FEPPP,” FEPPP Chair Sharon Tomiko Santos says. “Their experience in teaching financial education will help advance FEPPP’s goal to provide Washington students with the skills to make smart financial decisions.” Santos serves in the Washington House of Representatives in District 37; in addition to her involvement with the FEPPP, she chairs the House Education Committee.

In addition to her roles at the Foundation and Association, Vu is active in the community as national founding board chair of The Respect Institute, Juma Ventures’ Seattle Advisory Board and Social Venture Partners. She is the co-founder of Seattle FinTech Meetup.

“The NWCUF is deeply committed to asset building and financial education for all ages, especially youth,” Vu says. “I look forward to furthering our commitment to help students learn the smart ways to budget, save and borrow by serving on FEPPP on behalf of Washington credit unions.”

Bank Reale brings financial education to small businesses in the Pasco area, and Gisi has been active in various PTAs, Junior Achievement and the Foundation for Early Learning in Seattle.

“I am very excited to be part of FEPPP’s mission.” Gisi says. “I believe financial knowledge is the basis for students and adults to improve family circumstances, job opportunities, and the ability to analyze financial choices.”


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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